Headlines: January 23rd, 2002

Older people are still experiencing ageist social exclusion when it comes to being treated on the NHS, getting a job, or buying products and services, according to a new survey.Three years into Government attempts to eradicate age discrimination, an Age Concern/ICM poll shows that seventy percent of people believe that age discrimination is still common – the same figure as in a similar poll in 1998. The charity says this indicates that people believe that Government actions so far have had little impact.

The poll shows that Londoners were particularly aware of age discrimination with 78% saying they felt it existed. Participants said they had experienced discrimination in health care and the health insurance sector as well as in financial and work situations.

Age Concern says the Government’s voluntary code on age diversity in employment clearly isn’t working, and it has called for the implementation of an EC employment and race directive. The DTI is proposing the directive be taken up and the Government is currently consulting on this.